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Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:50 pm

Rob wrote:"Promised Land" and "Today" may be my favorite albums of the mid '70s.

Any of you goobers care to stand in front of me and tell me otherwise?

Not really much competition is there really:

"Good Times" (1974)
"Live on Stage in Memphis" (1974)
"Promised Land" (1975)
"Today" (1975)
"From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee" (1976)

Your two selections represent the two arguably best options, out of the studio options at least. Perhaps even including the live effort.

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:24 pm

JimmyCool wrote:"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" is so bad everyone here even forgot it exists.


how can you not like 70's Elvis imitating 60's Elvis? :mrgreen:

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:28 pm

JimmyCool wrote:"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" is so bad everyone here even forgot it exists.

It may not be Elvis' strongest effort (certainly not the worst from '71), but it in no way encroaches on the top ten worst from the '70s.

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:38 pm

From JimmyCool's comp on the previous page, I dig I'll Never Know and enjoy Elvis' no frill vocal on If I Were You, even though the lyrics are absurd.

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:38 pm

JimmyCool wrote:It reminds me of this:

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if Lene is mastering - I'm pre-ordering...

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:12 am

JimmyCool wrote:"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" is so bad everyone here even forgot it exists.

It's a decent album cut. The Rick Nelson arrangement from September 1963 (US Pop #12) is used as a template, and it is enhanced by the fact that the same lead guitarist (James Burton) is playing on Elvis' 1971 recording.

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:35 am

JimmyCool wrote:"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" is so bad everyone here even forgot it exists.


The problem is that the arrangement is an almost carbon copy of Rick Nelson's 1963 recording (even there's the same lead guitarist on both versions) and Rick's version wins hands down.

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Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:58 am

Interesting...

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:09 am

I agree that Rick's cut of "Fools Rush In" is far superior.

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:02 am

I think they're both elevator music... it looks like Rick is about to fall asleep singing that tune... could he have any less expression on his face or any less emotion singing???

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:11 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
JimmyCool wrote:"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" is so bad everyone here even forgot it exists.

It's a decent album cut. The Rick Nelson arrangement from September 1963 (US Pop #12) is used as a template, and it is enhanced by the fact that the same lead guitarist (James Burton) is playing on Elvis' 1971 recording.

Nothing wrong with the music... the problem is Elvis' voice here.
Another carbon copy is "I Feel So Bad," which I like and in that case Elvis' vocals are awesome!

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:15 am

elvis-fan wrote:I think they're both elevator music... it looks like Rick is about to fall asleep singing that tune... could he have any less expression on his face or any less emotion singing???


That's his style!

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:07 am

JimmyCool wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
JimmyCool wrote:"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" is so bad everyone here even forgot it exists.

It's a decent album cut. The Rick Nelson arrangement from September 1963 (US Pop #12) is used as a template, and it is enhanced by the fact that the same lead guitarist (James Burton) is playing on Elvis' 1971 recording.

Nothing wrong with the music... the problem is Elvis' voice here.
Another carbon copy is "I Feel So Bad," which I like and in that case Elvis' vocals are awesome!

Certainly you are aware that Elvis' 1971 vocals cannot be realistically compared to his stunning vocal execution from 1961. That being said, this particular 1971 master is far from the bottom of the barrel.

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:25 am

midnightx wrote:
JimmyCool wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
JimmyCool wrote:"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" is so bad everyone here even forgot it exists.

It's a decent album cut. The Rick Nelson arrangement from September 1963 (US Pop #12) is used as a template, and it is enhanced by the fact that the same lead guitarist (James Burton) is playing on Elvis' 1971 recording.

Nothing wrong with the music... the problem is Elvis' voice here.
Another carbon copy is "I Feel So Bad," which I like and in that case Elvis' vocals are awesome!

Certainly you are aware that Elvis' 1971 vocals cannot be realistically compared to his stunning vocal execution from 1961. That being said, this particular 1971 master is far from the bottom of the barrel.

Of course I'm aware of that, I wasn't comparing Elvis' voice, I was comparing two carbon copies songs (the first one succeeded).
First half of 1971 wasn't a good period for Elvis, vocally speaking.
His voice was worn out because of all the live performances he gave the year before... among other things.

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:41 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
Rob wrote:Julian said, "Frankie and Johnny."

He's half right!


Haha, ok, Doc, I'm intrigued. It first appeared on Frankie And Johnny, so, half right?

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First time I heard though was from Camden's 1970 escape Please Don't Stop Loving Me.


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Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:53 am

Check out the postings again. My tongue-in-cheek reply to Rob was:

"What Every Woman Without Love Lives For"

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:13 am

JimmyCool wrote:His voice was worn out because of all the live performances he gave the year before... among other things.

I don't think Elvis' singing demands in 1970 had anything to do with his vocal weaknesses in 1971.

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:19 am

Matthew wrote:
JimmyCool wrote:His voice was worn out because of all the live performances he gave the year before... among other things.

I don't think Elvis' singing demands in 1970 had anything to do with his vocal weaknesses in 1971.

Yes, the "among other things" aspect is what contributed to his vocal weaknesses of '71.

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:12 am

londonflash wrote:From JimmyCool's comp on the previous page, I dig I'll Never Know and enjoy Elvis' no frill vocal on If I Were You, even though the lyrics are absurd.


If only the lyrics could match songs like-My ding a' ling! Have you ever heard such a thing,a ding,a ding,oh,oh,my ding a ling!! :roll:

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:21 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
JimmyCool wrote:"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" is so bad everyone here even forgot it exists.

It's a decent album cut. The Rick Nelson arrangement from September 1963 (US Pop #12) is used as a template, and it is enhanced by the fact that the same lead guitarist (James Burton) is playing on Elvis' 1971 recording.


8) I love both Elvis and Rick's versions of this great song! 8)

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:22 am

From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee
By Shug, Jun 30, 2002
An often forgotten, but most excellent album that surely must be more recognized is the 1976 "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee."
Elvis second last studio album never got due recognition because it was far from being a rock album, nor did it deliver material that lead in a new direction for Elvis.



"Boulevard" went gold in the States hitting # 41 on Billboard's pop chart and #29 in the UK. But better still it topped the Billboard country chart that featured the likes of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings at their peak. The album itself is superb. Country flavored, with a tinge of bombast that Elvis could deliver, without resorting to schmaltz.


Opening with the astonishing "Hurt"; this all time favorite of the man himself and most fans, is a lesson in how sing from the gut, as Elvis would say. The arrangement is basic, but it's the vocal that excels. "Hurt" sold 1/2 million copies in the US, yet no matter how tremendous Elvis sang, the B-side, "For the Heart" should have been the A-side. Hurt was slightly out of touch for the pop market; For the Heart was anything but!


"For the Heart" is a powerful number, one of his best, from the solid bass and guitar work to the excellent piano pounding; this funky/country romp could have mirrored the success of "Burning Love", and would have injected some life into a neutral stage in Elvis career.


"Never Again" is perhaps the weakest track on the album. Elvis does not sing his best here; yet his phrasing and timing are as always, spot-on.


In "Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain" we find the Presley of old, taking a classic song and turning it into his own version; un like the original, and starkly different from Willie Nelson's definitive version.


The recording here is strange; quite echo-ish, yet not over powering. Rumor has it that Elvis played bass on this track. The song is exceptional, a slow and sad ballad, or it's supposed to be, as Elvis crafted a honky-tonk and up-beat version that is great, but second best nest to Willie's.


"Danny Boy" is frankly one of Elvis best and most brilliant performances. From the gentle, but perfect arrangement focusing on the piano and soft backing vocals to Elvis mesmerizing delivery of every line, this is something very very special.


Elvis is word and phrase perfect, his breath control never bettered, every word sends a shiver till a beautiful falsetto ending leaves the listener amazed and reaching for the repeat button on the hi-fi.


"The Last Farewell" begins with an orchestral opening that would not be lost on an Errol Flynn high seas adventure film. And, as the song begins "there's a ship rigged and ready in the harbor...." the scene is set. This is more a folk song than anything....the lyrics are good, Elvis sings excellently and extra attention must be given to the superb work the TCB band does on this track. This is not a song that will cater fore all tastes, especially a pop/rock audience, but is flawless and couldn't be bettered by anyone, Sinatra included!


"Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall" is also excellent. The lyrics are fabulous in parts, especially "She caught me lying, and she caught a train, and I caught a fever walking home in the rain...."


"Solitaire" has become a classic track, through writer Neil Sedaka's stunning original and Andy Williams masterful version. Elvis could have had a big hit if he had recorded this before Williams. This is a song that perhaps spoke volumes about how he felt at the time....maybe, maybe not; but no-matter, as this is excellent.


"Love Coming Down" is another ballad; but not as good, or indeed up to the standard as the rest of the album. Elvis sings well; the band is good, and the song is fine; but nothing more or less.


Closing with a song made famous by the Drifters and catapulted to higher fame by Tom Jones; "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" could have been perceived as a bold step by Presley. To cut a long story short, Elvis version blows Tom Jones's out of the water.....Jones's schmaltzy, purring over the top version pales next to Elvis' lesson in ballad singing. Elvis sounds superb, emotional in the verses and towering during the chorus. This is another standout on the album, an indeed any stage of Elvis career.


So there you have my review of a brilliant album that is sung....that's it. Elvis let his voice do the talking, so to speak. This maybe was never intended to be a huge commercial success, Elvis loved the songs, he wanted to sing them and he did with aplomb.


This is an album that could not be better done. "From Elvis in Memphis" and "Elvis Country" get more credit; but this is literally from the heart of the King......he could sing and deliver gut-wrenching vocals like no other, but slip in the storming "For The Heart", perhaps just incase anyone questioned his ability to rock.


Tracklist:
Hurt
Never Again
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
Danny Boy
The Last Farewell
For the Heart
Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall
Solitaire
Love Coming Down
I'll Never Fall in Love Again

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8) This is a great review,but there was another one from the Amazon site by a music critic that was great too that I currently can't find! I really like Love coming Down and Never Again is,aw hell,I love everything that Elvis sings!!

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:36 am

Seem to me that somebody out there, beside myself, also went out and bought the album. Even liking it, like I still do! :)
It's #1 US C&W chart position seem to be overlooked by a few!

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:44 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:"What Every Woman Without Love Lives For"

Retitled in the UK as "I'll Never Know What Every Woman Without Love Lives For".

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:49 am

bajo wrote:Seem to me that somebody out there, beside myself, also went out and bought the album. Even liking it, like I still do! :)
It's #1 US C&W chart position seem to be overlooked by a few!


8) Isn't that amazing,people overlooking good things about Elvis!!!!! 8)

Re: Elvis Songs FECC'ers Love to Hate - THE ALBUM

Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:04 am

ian wrote:This is a great review,but there was another one from the Amazon site by a music critic that was great too that I currently can't find! I really like Love coming Down and Never Again is,aw hell,I love everything that Elvis sings!!

It is a fawning, blindly-devoted, inaccurate, prejudiced piece of garbage.